Genesis 29:31-32 NIV 2011
When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
Jacob loved Rachel and after serving Laban for seven years for her, was ready to marry Rachel. Laban tricked Jacob with a festival of food and gave him Leah. After finishing the bridal week, Laban gave Jacob Rachel and he loved her more than Leah. Like Hagar the Egyptian slave of Sarah that bore a son for Abraham, Leah did the same for Jacob. She gave him his first four sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah. God gifted Leah with sons. Ruth 4:13, “So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…and she gave birth to a son.” God helps the hopeless.
Many women at times feel unloved just like Leah and Hagar. What I find heartening is that God saw their misery and gave them both children. Unfortunately, that kept them focused on their children rather than the Creator. How often do we look for satisfaction in things rather than the One True Satisfier, the Lord? Reflecting on the ways I’ve witnessed God’s love when unsure of an outcome or help in times of need, satisfies my soul. God loves and helps us daily.
How has God demonstrated His love recently?
Loved and satisfied,